- EXPERIMENTING WITH TORTURE: Psychology, Morality and the Law
Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:10PM
Keynote speaker Dr. Steven Reisner, Ph.D.
Dr Reisner is the co-author of a report published last year by Physicians for Human Rights, providing evidence that CIA health
professionals engaged in illegal and unethical experiments involving the torture of prisoners in U.S. custody after 9/11.
A psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City, Dr. Reisner is Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Medical School and
a faculty member of the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. He provided leadership in the protest against the participation of
psychologists in interrogations in which torture and abuse occur. He helped found the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology
and was a key leader in the fight to change American Psychological Association (APA) policy on this issue, organizing and
leading protests at APA conventions in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, he ran for the APA presidency on this issue.
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Selected Past Events
- National Day of Witness for a Presidential Order to Ban Torture
Wednesday, November 12, 10:30AM
Across the country on November 12, delegations of religious people will be meeting with Members of Congress to urge them
to work for the abolition of US-sponsored torture, without exceptions. This national effort is being organized by the
National Religious Campaign Against Torture (www.nrcat.org).
Here in Connecticut Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice is organizing a meeting with staff from Senator Christopher Dodd’s
office. Our interfaith delegation includes two bishops, two rabbis, the President of the Islamic Society of North American
and the dean of one seminary and the president of another.
- PUBLIC WITNESS TO THE DESTRUCTION OF WAR
Wednesday, March 19, Noon
Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice, a statewide interfaith network of religious
leaders and people of faith, will mark this 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by
bearing witness to the horrifying costs of war (human, economic, and moral) and to
the complicity of silence (by individuals, institutions and corporations).
A brief interfaith prayer service on the steps of Center Church (featuring AFSC’s
“Cost of War” banners and boots representing CT’s soldiers who have died) will be
followed by a procession to the Federal Building, stopping in front of United
Technologies headquarters along the way.
- LAMENTATION AND PROTEST: Remember the Dead - Count the Cost - End the War
Friday, September 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice, in response to the call of the Iraq Moratorium Campaign, invites all citizens and
people of faith to participate in a Public Witness on Friday, September 21. We will mark this International Day of
Peace by breaking the routines of commerce, entertainment, and business as usual to witness to the horrifying costs
of war: human, economic, and moral.
- HOLY WEEK AND PASSOVER PRESS CONFERENCE
Restoring the Constitution, Reclaiming Our Nation’s Soul
Dominant themes of Holy Week and Passover are: the suffering of captivity and torture, release from oppression, and liberation from death. In a prophetic witness to hope for the captives, this year religious leaders and people of faith from around the state will be gathering on April 5th, the third day of Passover and Maundy Thursday, for an interfaith press conference in support of the “Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007” Legislation introduced by Senator Dodd into the Senate (S567); the companion bill in the House is HR1415...
- A Call to Resist the War in Iraq
Petition to Download and Sign - A growing number of U.S. citizens have realized that the war in Iraq is an immoral and profoundly destructive waste of both Iraqi and American lives. The war was begun in violation of international law, and founded on lies told to our own people and to our allies. It has included defiance of the Geneva Conventions ...
- ALLOWING TORTURE: Has America Lost Its Soul?
Unveiling a Powerful Billboard on I-95 in Stratford and I-84 in Waterbury
(Stratford, CT) With President Bush preparing to sign the Military Commissions Act of 2006 into law on Tuesday, October 17th, Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice, a statewide interfaith network of religious leaders and people of faith established in 2002 is launching a publicity campaign to make sure Connecticut residents know which members of the state’s congressional delegation voted for the bill...
- PRESS RELEASE: Torture is Immoral - ALWAYS
While the Senate is debating the President’s
demands to change federal law to allow the CIA to use
interrogation techniques that are not permitted by the
Geneva Conventions, an interfaith group is organizing in
opposition. At a press conference Tuesday, some of the
state’s religious leaders, including the Rev.
Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree (Conference Minister of the
Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ)
the Rt. Rev. Andrew Smith (Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut), the Rev. Judy Allbee (Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut)
Dr. Heidi Hadsell (President of Hartford Seminary)
will speak out against the immorality of torture and
- Lift the Prophetic Voice: Witness to the Human Cost of the Iraq War
October 15 - November 1, 2005 - On All Saints' Day, Tuesday, November 1, Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice is urging clergy and people of faith throughout the state of CT and beyond to act on their faith, at district Congressional Offices, speaking out against the immorality and illegality of the Iraq War and of the abuse and torture of detainees in US custody ...
- Honoring the Rev. Dr. King (January 2005)
January 15, 2005 - Honor the Dead: Public reading of the names of all U.S. soldiers killed in
Iraq and an equal number of Iraqi citizens. Honor the Vision of the Rev. Dr. King: Readings
from key anti-war speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Honor the Obligation
to Speak Out: “A Call to Resist” will be publicly read and signed. This public witness
launches a new campaign to end the war in Iraq ...
- Prophetic Witness (April 2004)
April 8, 2004 - This year, the Christian Holy Week and the Jewish festival of
Passover coincide with the first anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.
Grounded in our diverse religious faiths and in the prophetic call to
peace, we ask: Who are the captives we must set free? Who are those
being sacrificed in the name of a false security?...
- Women of Iraq (October 2003)
Dec. 8th - Dec. 10th, 2003 - Two Iraqi women, Amal Al-Khedairy
and Nermin Al-Mufti, who since the end of October had been touring this country
speaking of the reality in Iraq, were in Connecticut ...
- Faith-Based Dissent and Dialogue: Pursuing Truth in Difficult Times (June 2003)
June 5, 2003 - This one-day gathering sponsored by Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice
will focus on two themes/questions:
1) How are we called to continue raising a faith-based voice for peace, justice and nonviolence?
2) How do we create the space for dialogue within our faith communities? ...
- Petition to George W. Bush (March 2003)
March 5, 2003 - This full page petition ran in the Hartford Courant
on Ash Wednesday 2003. Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice would like
to express ...